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A Staging Horror Story

Spooky chandelier covered in cobwebs

It was nearly midnight when the woman entered her home through the front door. She flipped the light switch in the foyer—but no lights came on. She flipped the switch two more times before muttering something under her breath. Her husband must have cut power to the house already. He never did like to spend a dime more than necessary.

So the woman fumbled for her phone in the depths of her purse, found it, and switched on the flashlight mode.

She scanned the foyer with the single beam of light but didn’t find what she was looking for. Slightly confused, she slowly stepped into the hall and made her way to the large living room. Even with her flashlight, the darkness felt like it was closing in. Her heart pounded hard in her chest.

Again, she scanned the room. And again, there was something missing.

In fact, there was a lot missing.

The Horror

The woman stood in disbelief as she surveyed her living and dining areas by the light of her phone. She had spent countless hours consulting with her realtor and coordinating the staging of the home. Staging, she had heard, was the best way to sell a house. It was supposed to position your home in the best light to attract the highest offers. And the hot new staging company she hired had come recommended by her realtor. She had expected the home to be filled with furniture and accents that would create a vision for buyers of what life would be like in the home.

But what she got was not at all what she had expected.

There may have been red flags along the way signaling a deal that was too good to be true. The staging company was new in town. The employees were aggressive in their sales pitches. She had signed a contract under the impression that the staging designers had experience positioning a home in the market. Now, she wasn’t so sure these designers had the experience they claimed.

Her living room, which had once been both elegant and inviting, now appeared to be an empty shell of its former self. The couch was all wrong. The scale of the coffee table didn’t match the large stone fireplace. Above the mantle—where a television or large piece of artwork should hang—was an empty space. Although large enough to accommodate late-night game sessions while her kids were growing up, the room somehow seemed… small.

The kitchen was worse. Large swaths of countertop sat empty and lifeless. It looked abandoned. She wondered how this could be the same kitchen in which she taught her daughter to bake grandma’s famous peanut butter cookies. Could this really be the same place where countless holiday dinners were prepped and cooked? Where all four of her siblings once helped her prepare for mom’s 70th birthday party?

As she stood in the middle of the empty dining room, the woman marveled at just how small the home felt. Where were the dining room table and chairs? Why were there no barstools or place settings? The realtor had promised a luxury staging design, but what the staging company delivered was a couple of blow-up mattresses (blow-up mattresses?!!) and a home devoid of all signs of life.

The woman recounted the money, time, and energy spent to get to this point. The endless hours of packing up a lifetime of furniture and memories, the hassle and stress of moving everything to their new home, the financial burden of continuing to pay one mortgage while entering into another… Her stomach turned. This wasn’t what her realtor had promised. This was a nightmare. How would she ever sell this house??


The Facts

Sadly, this frightful tale is based on true stories we’ve heard from homeowners. As the general public has started to recognize the value of high-quality home staging, the staging industry has exploded. New “experts” are cropping up every day. These experts claim to be able to provide a better staging design at a better price than established staging companies.

The truth is, there’s no substitute for experience.

These newcomers use low-end furniture with no regard for your home’s target market or architectural style. At best, they create the same Pinterest-style modern “look” in every home. At worst, they leave most of your home empty and place a few cheap, awkward pieces in odd places.

The MHM Difference

MHM Professional Staging isn’t like these other staging companies. Our company was founded by Megan Morris, a staging, design, and real estate professional with more than 20 years of experience. Megan is an Accredited Staging Professional® (ASP), a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP), and a member of the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS). Her industry knowledge and experience are unmatched in the Central Florida market.

MHM in the Media

Megan and our team of staging designers are regularly featured on the television shows Zombie House Flipping and Ready, Set, Renovate. Additionally, Megan has led the production design for television commercials for Nikon, Toyota, Nike, Acura, Werther’s, VH1, New York Life, and ESPN. Her designs have been featured on Bravo, HGTV, A&E, FYI, and The Cooking Channel. Megan has staged homes large and small, including the largest home in America.

Choose Experience

When it comes to selling a home quickly and at a premium price, MHM Professional Staging is the only expert you can rely on—take it from our many satisfied clients! Our staging designers are trained and managed by our resident design expert, Megan Morris. Megan hand selects high-end furniture and accessories that add value to your home and help buyers see the full potential of what your house has to offer. Don’t risk a staging horror story of your own. When you need to stage a home, call MHM Professional Staging.

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